17 year-old Kgaudise Molefe set for Gauteng debut
17 year old spin bowler Kgaudise Molefe has been earmarked as the spinner for the Gauteng Strikers squad that will be playing against Namibia at Wanderers Cricket Club, Windhoek from the 9 to 12 November in the 3 day and 1 day games.
It’s been an amazing year for the grade 11 Jeppe High School for Boys pupil. Earlier in the year he spent a week in India with the cream of South Africa’s young spin bowling talent, getting pointers from the experts in the country where the art of spinning was perfected, and no sooner had he returned when he was invited to the SA under-19 high performance camp in Pretoria from which the national u-19 side to meet the West Indies. He has also been called up for the SA U19 series against England later this month. As the side prepares for the ICC Junior World Cup in New Zealand early next year.
Kgaudisa Molefe is a true Gauteng pipeline system development success having come up from the Orange Farm GCB hub to graduate to the Gauteng Under-15s, 17 and U19 teams.
“It will probably be like water off a duck’s back for him. His rapid ascent as a youth player is phenomenal” said Sandile Masengemi, Head Coach for the Gauteng Strikers team.
When asked about how he felt about the opportunity Kgaudise said “It is great breaking into the Gauteng team, and hopefully earning my first FC cap. It will be a proud moment. It’s been cool to experience practicing at the Wanderers Stadium with players I look up to. I’ve have always wanted to be here. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the coaches assessing different areas of my skill-set and assists my development.”
The squad is coming off a good outing against Easterns, where they won the 1 day game and drew the 3 day.
The opening bowling pair of Carmi le Roux and Sean Jamison have been impressive upfront with the new the ball. With their ability to turn a match.
Tshepang Dithole is another young player who has shown that he can deliver when the Strikers need it most. Dithole boasts a healthy average and a strong strike-rate that might prove to be a valuable asset to the Strikers this upcoming match.
Also returning to action is bizhub Highveld Lions batsman Dominic Hendricks who returns after a 2 month layoff due to a freak injury during which occurred during a training season. He is expected to partner captain Yassen Vallie in opening the batting.
“We will look to remain competitive this season and to bring in some silverware,” Masengemi said, “but that isn’t my only focus at the moment. The main focus is to get the guys ready for franchise cricket and being competitive is a part of that process”. Gauteng wicket keeper Ryan Rickleton is testament to this as he has been drafted into the bizhub Highveld Lions squad for the upcoming Ram Slam T20 Challenge
Below is the 14 man squad:
Y. Valli (c)
T. Dithole (wk)
C. Le Roux